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Zellwenger Syndrome

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Zellwenger Syndrome

  1. 1. Zellweger Syndrome Casey Blew Honors Biology I
  2. 2. <ul><li>Zellweger Syndrome is a disorder present since birth that is characterized by the absence of peroxisomes in the cells of the liver, kidneys and brain. </li></ul><ul><li>Peroxisomes are organelles present in eukaryote cells that help in the metabolism of fatty acids. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Symptoms Affecting Appearance <ul><li>The appearance and affects of and on a body affected by Zellweger Syndrome may include: </li></ul><ul><li>An enlarged head, a high forehead, and a flat looking face. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Symptoms Affecting Systems <ul><li>Affects on Nervous System : </li></ul><ul><li>Seizures, mental retardation, vision and hearing impairments, slow or absent reflexes. </li></ul><ul><li>Organs : </li></ul><ul><li>Enlarged liver; jaundice, kidneys may shrink. </li></ul><ul><li>Bone and Muscle defects may occur. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Brandon was born July 2006. A month after birth and numerous tests, he was diagnosed with Zellweger Syndrome and a limited life. His parents were told he wouldn’t feel pain, but his body would slowly shut down. Brandon passed October 2006. </li></ul>Brandon
  6. 6. <ul><li>Infants are most affected by Zellweger Syndrome. For further evidence, other than face shape, a test for very-long-chain fatty acids can confirm the diagnosis. </li></ul><ul><li>Zellweger Syndrome affects 1 in 50,000 babies. </li></ul><ul><li>Though there is further testing, there is no cure for Zellweger Syndrome and most infants born with the disorder die in the first year of life. To prolong life, most doctors try to treat the present symptoms, like seizures. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Sources <ul><li>www.rarediseases.about.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.wikipedia.org </li></ul><ul><li>www.healthlink.mcw. edu </li></ul><ul><li>Brandon: http://www.caringbridge.org/cb/viewMyStory.do?method=executeInit </li></ul>

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